Daily Offer 10/9/14: Harman Kardon A/V Receivers

Today at Electronics.Woot, instead of one thing in the daily deal spot, we’re giving you ALL THE HARMAN KARDON RECEIVERS AND MOAR HARMAN KARDON RECEIVERS…TO RECEIVE!!!

And since it’s a special kinda sale, we thought it needed a special kinda discussion place that you can find here.

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Some perfect reviews on the 5.1 model over at crutchfield.com and solid reviews (4.2 out of 5.0) over at amazon

I had the 1510, it worked great and sounded pretty good for the price, sold it when I moved this summer.

This is a deal? The AVR 1650’s were offered on Newegg for the same price almost a year ago. Difference was that they were NEW.

SHEESH!

If you’re an iPhone / iPad user I would recommend holding out on this and wait for a deal on the HK AVR 1700. The 1700 model supports AirPlay which I use all the time. Keep an iPad or an old iPhone / iPod on the coffee table and let people build their own Spotify playlists at parties.

I bought a similar 5.1 model a few years ago for quite a bit less from HK’s ebay. HK sells their refurbs there. I think I paid $125 plus shipping. The only difference that I notice is this one is more powerful - 95w vs 80w per channel but I get way more volume than I need.

One thing I wish these had is a separate set of speaker connections for zones like my Onkyo had. That way you can connect a set of speakers for music and a set for surround etc.

No thanks. Specs that can’t give you the power rating when all the channels are driven are hiding something. Usually it means the power supply is too small to drive all the channels to full rated power. You have to wonder where else they cut corners.

“The AVR 3650 even has a dedicated Zone II infrared (IR) remote control”… The Features section for the AVR 3650 7.1 has a paragraph that talks about this but it shows on the specs page that this is not included in the box. Am I correct in assuming that it is not? FYI, It is shown as included in the owner’s manual PDF.

It’s included and is now listed “In the box”. Thanks!

The specs are based on two channels driven (stereo) with a very respectable .07%THD. Basing specs on all 7.1 channels being driven simultaneously would be pointless since in such a setup different speakers (usually towers, center, surrounds, and bookshelves) will generally be producing different sounds at different volumes (basically the whole point of 7.1). My understanding is that publishing specs in stereo (ideal for most music listening) is the norm among reputable manufacturers.